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Next Steps: Flipping the Mirror

Shanghai: flipping the display


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The purpose of this experiment is to better understand  China today, reflect on China’s changing global role and in a small way hold up a mirror to China’s national identity. When all pieces of mat are sold or after 6 months (whichever comes sooner) the income from sales will be tallied up, commission paid to Taobao and the remaining money will be made available for the following:

  • &#187 All revenue generated from this experiment will be made available to Chinese artists to run similar experiments exploring national identity, taboos and trust in countries of their choosing.

The author, assistants and other contributors in this experiment will not receive any income from revenue generated directly by the sale of mats in experiment.

Commenting on other countries comes easily. But when the focus is turned on your own country, culture, practices – comfort levels shift. If Chinese designers, thinkers and artists had the opportunity to run similar experiments in other countries – which countries would they choose? What questions would they ask? What taboos would they challenge? And what would they learn about themselves?


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